Lady Gaga Prodigy Goes Viral
The internet is humming, and it is playing the same tune as people around the world click on a YouTube video posted recently by a 10-year-old in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Maria Aragon has become a sensation since putting a cover of Lady Gaga's song "Born This Way" on the popular internet site on February 16. As of today her video, which shows her playing the piano in a simple white t-shirt and singing, has had over sixteen million hits.
It's been a busy week and a half for the young Canadian. When Lady Gaga watched Maria's video, she tweeted about her amazing talents, and since that moment Maria's life has been turned upside down.
Less than a week after posting the video, Maria was on the radio interview circuit and appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Lady Gaga surprised Maria during one of her radio interviews by coming on the phone line, offering to sing a duet with her at her upcoming concert in Toronto.
Before performing on Ellen, Maria told the comedian that she chose this particular song because of its message. "Just be yourself, because God made you the way you are, and you are no different than anybody else," she said. Maria performed her slower, acoustic version of the hit song in front of the studio audience and received a standing ovation.
Maria's entourage has quickly been assembling social media protocol: a website has been created with the URL www.mariaaragonyoutubestar.com, and a Facebook fan page has been launched.
This is what going viral looks like.
According to her website, she will soon be appearing on Good Morning America, which means a plethora of daytime media appearances will likely follow.
Hopefully like any good Canadian, Maria's support group can stick handle through the barrage of attention and keep her feet solidly on the ground even though her voice is heading for the stars.
showed my children the video, hoping it would inspire them to do their ten minute piano practice today without having to beg them. They were suitably impressed, but then went to play Wii bowling.